Wednesday, October 11th 2023
12.00 a.m – 1.30 p.m

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Corso Magenta 63, Milan
Sala Cinema


The nexus between digital and green transformations — so-called “twin” transition— is explored and critically discussed. At first, the environmental impacts of such “twin” transition (namely greenhouse gas emissions) are analysed through an ad hoc collection of patent applications in environmental and digital domains in European regions.  Results show that the two transitions point to opposite directions: the local development of environmental technologies reduces GHG emissions, whereas that of digital technologies increase them – with heterogeneous effects across technologies. At second, scientific publication data are analyzed to understand how digital and environmental scientific research are recombined to create new knowledge in an emerging domain related to the “twin” transition. This field is small but rapidly growing and diffusing to an increasing number of European regions. The strength of scientific knowledge in Internet of Things and big data is particularly important for its creation while surprisingly artificial intelligence does not play any strong role. Policy implications on the main drivers but also on the risks associated with this policy driven transition are discussed.


Claudia Ghisetti is Assistant Professor at University of Milan – Bicocca, where she teaches Economics and Environmental Economics. She has previously worked as researcher at Catholic University, Milan; European Commission – Joint Research Centre; University of Ferrara. She is Associate Researcher at BRICK- Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin) and at the Research Centre Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies (SEEDS). She holds a PhD from the University of Bologna, during which she has been visiting researcher at GREDEG-CNRS – University of Nice Sophie-Antipolis (France) and at Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim (Germany). Her expertise lies at the intersection of the economics of innovation and environmental economics. She published her research in international journals such as Climate Policy, Ecological Economics, Industry and Innovation, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Nature Communications, Research Policy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Cleaner Production.